* Posts by dbtx

512 posts • joined 5 Jul 2013


What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?


...or to break even, which is still a net loss for the species.

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land


I see your USA and raise you one FREEDOM*

Yeah, good luck with that crap :P

*Federal Reversibility-Enhanced Evil-proof Data Obfuscation Method

Stop using that MacBook Pro RIGHT NOW, says Uncle Sam: Loyalists suffer burns, smoke inhalation and worse – those crappy keyboards


from the FAQ

A: Stockholm Syndrome

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand


and now the so-called ban is lifted. I'm still using ABP, so they must have relaxed a bit. I should point out that it wasn't originally a ban, just a white page with "you are banned, etc" that went away when you allowed ads again.

BGP super-blunder: How Verizon today sparked a 'cascading catastrophic failure' that knackered Cloudflare, Amazon, etc



I suppose hardware designers could assign both bits to the same position in Hanlon's Register.

Go fourth and multi-Pi: Raspberry Pi 4 lands today with quad 1.5GHz Arm Cortex-A72 CPU cores, up to 4GB RAM...


The kernel is a breeze. This 4GB craptop (3.6GB available) chokes to death on waterfox, specifically on linking libxul.so, and that's with make -j 1. If I want it to finish this week, I have to close any major programs e.g. qtcreator and waterfox, which likewise takes plenty of patience because we're already using more than a half GB of swap on spinny rust. I just close everything but that terminal and it has enough RAM to get done, barely.

Must watch: GE's smart light bulb reset process is a masterpiece... of modern techno-insanity


this insane process

see, that's how some of us feel in general about apps or smart things or IoTrash or similar. It's not like refrigerated food storage and indoor plumbing. It doesn't fill a vacuum no matter what the salespeople indicate. If it does significantly increase the average quality of life, I haven't yet been convinced. So now we're talking about the hidden costs, which are not always just the time and mental energy you spend trying to integrate them so you actually save time and mental energy. I only just heard about this person's relative and her girls getting trapped in their car, in the sun, while the door locks and windows and key and so on just did lots and lots of nothing. Of course she had a phone and was able to summon help, and hey, it's nice that they were not moving at the time. It was temporarily dead, and it has a very bad failure mode, and the darkness is only getting deeper.


You're power cycling it wrong

Tom Knight and the Lisp Machine

A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.

Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly: “You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no understanding of what is going wrong.”

Knight turned the machine off and on.

The machine worked.

Awoogah! Awoogah! Firefox fans urged to update and patch zero-day hole exploited in the wild by miscreants


I'd lump myself in with that, but you left out cis/binary/native-English-speaking MALE. Yep, everything is my fault.


flippin' edit window... OK my bad.

WF got patched 4 hours ago. Bug 1544386 shows up in Commits and I was only looking at Repositories.

Mozilla's commit went in all the way back on May 8th. that's why I didn't see it already before failing at search.

Parliament IT bods' fail sees server's naked OS exposed to world+dog


did that.

I can't remember why I shared / over samba 16 years ago, but I did.

I can't remember why I made it guest writeable, but I did.

I can't remember why I made that machine's IP also the DMZ, but I did. (probably for telnet and I didn't yet bother with port-fw in the router)

I think I remember that there was nothing important on it and it was just a nearly-useless P-166 or 200 with maybe 32MB and maybe a 1- or 2GB disk.

When I came in a day or two later, it didn't answer. / was empty and I instantly knew why.

"At least" I got that out of the way, back before anything was riding on it.

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it


before we all end up...

No, it's already too late for that and it was inevitable anyway.



I hadn't heard of this. I went to their site; at the moment, it seems to be almost entirely useless, like it's gone live despite being right in the middle of being redesigned. It has no mention of code or even a GitHub link and the Community is a Spanish forum with 11 members. It doesn't seem to want to help me even download it. This must be fallout from merging with the Astian Foundation; I never heard of that before today and it probably doesn't matter. -sigh- They do manage to hint at the browser 'being renewed' so I guess that's what you're talking about. Or maybe you just have flat & featureless *everything* due to non-functioning style engines on GTK3 which Midori also now uses, I don't know. That's all kind of disappointing, anyway.


"We can dance, if we want to."

This Free software ain't free to make, pal, it's expensive: Mozilla to bankroll Firefox with paid-for premium extras


I don't know what this is called but I am willing to bet it has a name. It's an antipattern or a TVtropes category title like 'every which way but tractable' or something.

"Or are you basically saying take the easy way out?"

AC didn't say anything would be easy. AC said everything is still a choice.


BTW FF restored this problem as well, changing the CSS and breaking that solution. Once upon a time it Just Worked™ and I set maxRichResults to something like 80, and I liked that, and I liked being allowed to provide my own definition of "should"-- that was the remarkable appeal 15 years ago. Then scrolling just stopped working, and I only recently looked around to find out that solution worked for WF, and hey, it still does.


There were some who pointed out that Australis was more flexible anyway, and that was basically true, and the stupid defaults / design fails could all be mitigated by Classic Theme Restorer. Now CTR doesn't work and the tabs are square again, which is OK, but that was just one thing-- aside from the pointlessly deprecated status bar and the forced tabsontop crap-- and Australis+CTR was possibly the most powerful thing ever... and Palemoon just couldn't. Now Palemoon is still off doing its own thing without me and that's fine... it seems the devs have some screwed up ideas about interacting with OSes/distros, but whatever. Waterfox is kind of the sane option right now. Recently, Alex has on his TODO list something about putting back the curved tabs. -sigh- well CTR works. I miss it. I need to get back out of FF67 now that I know my mouse problem is somewhere in X.


I am unhappy about people choosing to do things and then choosing to convince themselves that those things were what they "had to" do. That article's title is part of the problem, evidence of the problem, reinforcing the problem.

Data-spewing Spectre chip flaws can't be killed by software alone, Google boffins conclude


I don't know what it's like but I will pretend that I can imagine. It may be like trying or even wanting to teach people that infinitives are not verbs and "How to do this thing?" is not a sentence. ::sprays brains all over ceiling::


Of my mother's 7 kids, the 3 oldest (incl. me) have basically no contact with her or each other or the bulk of any family, mostly because of the absurdity of calling it a family. 3 years ago when I still had any contact with them, only the 2 youngest still had any contact at all with their father (the last of 3 husbands).

I know that makes it too easy for me to say things like I did and I can't so easily expect someone else to consider mine a valid approach. I still say you have to push back or else it is guaranteed that-- barring some Internet-wide upheaval-- nothing ever changes, and now you're among the billion accomplices.

It's funny that you reply today because just last night I watched a film that came out right after the WWW even became a thing, which goes a long way toward explaining why it focussed on TV/radio/newspapers. The major points stand.

There's a reason why my cat doesn't need two-factor authentication


I suspect that means at least one of "practical", "secure", "usable", and "minimum" is ill-defined. So then you hope you work at a company who accidentally hired someone who could & would insist on lots and lots of sane definitions. Otherwise, 'this situation' is doomed anyway. IMO.

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America


Sometimes I declare shenanigans upon some ridiculous thing(s), then the die-hard USAians I know and see in person typically roll out the opposite of what you just said. "I've BEEN other places, it is always worse, this is the best [everything] you could ask for". I'm so tired of it. It's kinda like they grew up in a cult. Oh, right. They did.


In other news, we really really like oxygen. The only thing we like more than having lots of oxygen is actually breathing it.

There's a scarily good 'deepfakes' YouTube channel that's quietly growing – and it's freaking everyone out


I thought the random line was "believe half of what you see and even less of what you hear [about]"...


One who believes that belief is not strictly voluntary is already engaging in voluntary and perhaps recursive self-deception.


AI can now animate the Mona Lisa's face or any other portrait you give it. We're not sure we're happy with this reality


(As if they'd pay the savings forward vs. simply pocket that much more)


Who keeps track of the watermarks/owners/serial numbers database... Google and FB because they're so good at it? Do we get something rather like a keyserver but for cameras, or will they all simply have OpenPGP built in? BUT THEN, even with signed watermark based on EXIF and frame hashed using a secret factory-fused UUID for a salt and whatever else makes you feel good-- how would you verify that the bad guys didn't just steal your camera and make a hopefully moire-free 720p video of a 4k screen running a deepfake puppet show? Fingerprint scanners in the buttons? Yubikey or else no worky? Seems like it's Tuttles all the way down.

Let's make laptops from radium. How's that for planned obsolescence?



I ask for leniency and for someone to honestly tell what they used when making their tin foil hat, since we're all going to say the right things from now on.

Headsup for those managing Windows 10 boxen: Microsoft has tweaked patching rules


desirable functionality

Stop me if you heard this one. They had a table showing Vista's improved RAM requirements, er, I mean-- required RAM improvements. The bare minimum was 512MB, its use case described as something rather like "running Windows, without any programs" while 1GB was basic desktop/web browsing/media consumption stuff, and 2GB was moving toward content creation & workstation stuff, IIRC (though in my thankfully limited experience, 2GB didn't always help the first two use cases, either). Why would MS openly admit that ordinary sub-$800 configurations were basically unusable and keep selling and licensing with a straight face? What are operating systems for, again?

Microsoft? Oh it's just another partnership, insists GitHub CEO


TiVoization, copyleft, MongoDB, Hauwei

"Open source won because it is friction free. You can just go out and grab code that solves your problem and incorporate it into your software project."

To grab the code, do you just have to reach into the series of tubes? Does it help to position yourself near an opening? In any case, what PPE should I bring?

Standards group W3C wins support from all major players to get AI working in the browser


Sorry I mean "basic HTML" GMail interface. "Standard" is the bad one with "Chat/Spell checker/Keyboard shortcuts/Adding or importing contacts/Custom from addresses/Rich formatting", none of which I want or need. I hit F12 then Memory then Take Snapshot, the basic iface apparently uses around 1.3MB to show first 100 messages of Inbox. I forgot to mention JS is utterly blocked and basic HTML still works, always appreciated... even if it's Google. Too bad they're also reading all the receipts and populating https://myaccount.google.com/purchases with things I bought from anyone I gave the address to, and never told me about it, or showed me where the kill switch was, if there even was one.


Would that me the dynamic JS-laden "proper" interface? I always made it kick down to standard HTML and it's not bad, for GMail anyway. For years I did the same thing on Yahoo and only bookmarked the entry point that always loaded old-school static pages-- until they deliberately and unashamedly made that stop working.


Challenge Accepted

Me: "Hang on, can we s/actual/traditional then feed a 1D bolometer signal into gnuplot and label the axes Average Photons and Time?"

Fone Fanboi: "Yeah, I have an app for that..."

Me: (see icon)


The last item in someone's roadmap is a bit irritating and a bit depressing, but maybe that's just because I'm an asshole.


FCC promises, yet again, to tackle robocalls. Translation: Expect six more months of waiting


donotcall.gov is a joke

Report Unwanted Calls requires the receiving phone number, MM/DD/YYYY, and HH:MM. It is significantly more time-consuming than taking a call, realizing it was unwanted, and hanging up. It would be nice if there was a trivial thing someone could do just before hanging up (e.g. dial *3623) and then some other "friendly" robot would wake up, take notes, and send off the details. Is this already a thing (or almost a thing) and I just haven't heard of it?

Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin unveils 'Blue Moon' lander, making it way too easy for manchild Elon Musk to take the piss



The Abit BE7 we got in '02 was great. With it the 2.0A Northwood would run at 3.0 stable, 3.2 less so.

Another remote-code execution hole in top database engine SQLite: How it works, and why not to totally freak out


Re: Stop using C

And stop keeping scalpels and bone saws and hypodermic needles and high pressure oxygen tanks and giant MRI magnets at the flippin' hospital. It's just stupidly dangerous and dangerously stupid.

Techie with outdated documentation gets his step count in searching for non-existent cabinet


Probably, and then he kept the sticker "HELLO my name is WAYNE" so that nobody could find him.


Re: "While you're here"

"While you're in there..." just saw this one 8 hours ago. TL;DW: More problem = more quote = more bill, no matter how trivial they pretend to know that it is. Video is less than 4 minutes ;)

Key to success: Tenants finally get physical keys after suing landlords for fitting Bluetooth smart-lock to front door


OTOH, pedantism could be taking one's own pedantry even more seriously.


It's sad that NYC is one obvious place where you don't particularly need to own a car to be considered a Functioning Person, but someone is already willing to make it so you need to own a normal fartsmoan. I have a couple abnormal (i.e. ungoogled) phones, which I don't really want anyway but never mind that... Does the Latch app even run without Google Play Services? Hmm... I could tell you instead of asking, if only-- is it possible to get a genuine apk without going through the Play store? Does it have that <expletive deleted> Facebook SDK buried in it, and all the additional tracking?

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows


They vs. headline writer

They didn't even SAY The Linux Desktop.

They said 'year of Linux on the desktop', which of course is completely different.

Headline writer seems to have merely quoted whoever "they" are-- some unnamed wag at Seattle who might have heard but doesn't really get the joke about YOTLD.

They paraphrased first. Poorly.

Headline writer maybe didn't notice, maybe decided to not take the piss this time, I dunno.

"Try to understand..." --Heart

P.S. Calling for firings is SJW-grade fecal matter


the big picture

embargo, embiggen, embolism

Firefox armagg-add-on: Lapsed security cert kills all browser extensions, from website password managers to ad blockers


you said "control"

But then Pale Moon became irrelevant overnight, very sad



"... since when is Mozilla so certain that they can just disable stuff running on my computer without obtaining my consent first?"

There was a bug report about Stylish and if FF hadn't unilaterally blacklisted it, I'd have simply not known about the full-on slurper that had landed in my machines until "whenever". That whole web of trust itself is no longer as trustworthy as I'm supposed to think. I know now that grandfathered permissions can and will be suddenly and silently exploited. But I have habits and expectations about how a web browser ought to work, and I keep on running stuff.

Self-taught Belgian bloke cracks crypto conundrum that was supposed to be uncrackable until 2034


Google WAS your friend.


Re: GPUs?

You can do arbitrary precision multiplication with the FFT, and you can fly through the FFT on a GPU. Not sure if that's as good for extremely big numbers as it is for extremely small ones, so, maybe? But now probably nobody cares :/



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